University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Richard Veit

Mastodons, Mound Builders, and Montroville Wilson Dickeson–Pioneering American Archaeologist

By: Richard Veit

The history of archaeology is populated by a varied cast of scholars. showmen, adventurers. and charlatans. This article exam­ines the career of a little-known pioneer of American archaeology. Montroville Wilson Dickeson (1810-1882). Dickeson, a Philadel­phia physician, conducted extensive excavations of archaeological sites in Louisiana and Mis­sissippi in the 1840s (Figs. 1. 2), amassing a collection […]